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SANU STUDENTS DROP OUT DUE TO OWED FEES

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MANZINI - About 40 SANU students might be forced to drop out of the university due to owed fees to the institution.
This is because the students received letters yesterday, informing them that they owed varying amounts, between E12 000 to E17 000 for registering late for this semester.


The students failed to meet the deadline for registering for this semester at the university, which was January 29.
As if that was not enough, the students were informed that they would be idling at home during this current semester as they would only be allowed to register for the next semester, which would commence on August 6, 2020 provided they paid the aforementioned amounts of money.


As things stand, some students have already left the institution and have been advised to come back and repeat modules the next academic year.
SANU is an acronym for Southern Africa Nazarene University.


Shock


Information gathered from one of the aggrieved students, who preferred to remain anonymous, was that they had the shock of their lives when they were furnished with the letters yesterday informing them that they would not be allowed to register for the current semester at the university as the deadline had long passed.


Testament to that, one of the students showed this reporter a letter he received from the university and as per the contents of the letter, the university acknowledged that he had not registered for Semester 2, 2019/2020 academic year.


The letter further stated that the last day of late registration was on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
“The coming to an end of the late registration period meant that all unregistered students shall no longer be able to register for the current semester,” reads part of the letter.


The student was also informed through the letter that he owed the institution a sum of over E12 000 and that he shall register and resume his academic activities after the next registration period, which would be on August 6, 2020 as it applies to his programme of study.


Owe


According to the source, the money owed to the institution varies from one student to another as some have been informed that they owe as much as E17 000.
He said the variation of the money owed to the institution was in accordance with the number of days a student delayed to register since the deadline until yesterday.


He mentioned that due to the fact that a majority of students were sponsored by government, they had opted to drop out of the institution given that they could not afford to pay the amount of money the institution was demanding from them.


“A majority of students have already proclaimed that they are not coming back to the university because they could not afford to pay the amount of money the institution is demanding from them,” he said.  It is worth noting that some of the students who received the letters are the students representative council (SRC) members, who were suspended by the vice chancellor on November 4, 2019. They are Colani Maseko, Tholumuzi Gubevu and a  non-SRC member Sibusiso Nkwanyana. 

 
This is because like the other students, the SRC members together with Nkonyane have not registered for this semester given that their verdict has not yet been issued ever since they were suspended last year.
According to the source, this is enough to push the student body to flood the streets during a proposed protest action.


“Students may want to boycott classes as of tomorrow and demand the return of their colleagues who have dropped out due to the amount the institution claims they owe because of late registration and until the president, secretary general and Nkwanyana are back in class,” said the source.


The source further mentioned that to make matters worse, half of the first year students haven’t received their allowances since August last year. “First years and the entire student body should draw inspiration from William Pitcher College (WPC), who took a resolution to boycott classes on Monday until their demands are met,” he said. 

The students, when asked why they did not meet the registration deadline claimed that they did not have bus fare to travel from their respective places of abode to the university.


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